There's no need to take it personally, for a family who lived 300 years ago. Life back then could be very hard, and while they weren't affluent, they certainly weren't dirt poor either. I've registered thousands of probate extracts, and many were so indebted that there was nothing left for the inheritors.
I don't judge people by their money. Neither do I see any reason to conceal basic facts about our ancestors' economy. My comment that "I've got cotters in my family who have left more" was an attempt to give a rough estimate about the value of the estate, and should not be construed as any kind of criticism. It was certainly not intended that way.